New and little-known gnathiid isopod crustaceans (Cymothoida) from the northern Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea

Svavarsson, Jorundur, and Bruce, Niel L. (2012) New and little-known gnathiid isopod crustaceans (Cymothoida) from the northern Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. Zootaxa, 3380. pp. 1-33.

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Abstract

Ten species of Gnathiidae (Crustacea, Isopoda, Cymothoida) including six new species, are reported from Lizard Island and nearby reefs, northern Great Barrier Reef and reefs of the Coral Sea (Chesterfield Reefs, Mellish Reef and Marion Reef): Gnathia wistari sp. nov. (Lizard Island region and Capricorn Group, southern Great Barrier Reef), Gnathia coralmaris sp. nov. (Mellish Reef), Gnathia varanus sp. nov. (Lizard Island group), Gnathia marionis sp. nov. (Marion Reef), Gnathia hamletgast sp. nov. (Chesterfield Reefs) and Elaphognathia australis sp. nov. (Chesterfield Reefs). New localities are reported for four other species: Gnathia aureamaculosa Ferreira and Smit, 2009 and Gnathia masca Farquharson and Smit, 2012 from Lizard Island and nearby reefs; Gnathia falcipenis Holdich and Harrison, 1980 and Gnathia variobranchia Holdich and Harrison, 1980 from Lizard Island, Wistari Reef, Heron Island and Chesterfields Reefs.

Item ID: 24978
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1175-5326
Keywords: coral reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Isopoda, Gnathiidae, taxonomy
Funders: BHP Billiton, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 00:16
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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